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Nu Alpha Kappa

Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc
The official emblem of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc.
Founded February 26, 1988 (1988-02-26)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Type Social
Scope National
Motto Men of Mind... Men of Culture... Men of Pride...
Colors      Red
Symbol Xinako Man
The official symbol of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc.
Headquarters 2031 Sierra Way
San Luis Obispo, California, USA

Nu Alpha Kappa (ΝΑΚ), is a Latino-based fraternity which encompasses and values all cultures. Nu Alpha Kappa stands as one of the largest Latino-based fraternities on the west coast.

Often referred to as "NAK", Nu Alpha Kappa was founded on February 26, 1988 on the campus of North-American Interfraternity Conference.

NAK's Mission Statement is as follows: "We, NU ALPHA KAPPA, seek to unite and involve all students in a more harmonious and brotherly atmosphere through academic, social and cultural means. There is a need to interface the various backgrounds that constitute the student body of our fraternal university chapter, in order to improve relations amongst all students and the community."


  • History 1
  • National events 2
  • National philanthropy 3
  • Alumni 4
  • National chapters 5
  • See also 6
  • Notes 7
  • External links 8


"Xinaco", a

Nu Alpha Kappa was established on February 26, 1988 on the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo by Antonio Arreola, Marin Arreola, Nicolas Arreola, Ernesto Garcia, Moises Herrera, Jesse Martinez, Hector Mendoza, Joel Romero, Alberto Salazar, Antonio Valenzuela, and Ramiro Ramos.

These Nacos wanted to demonstrate that they were an important part of the Cal Poly student body. They were enthusiastic about starting a club to help Latino students overcome the culture shock experienced when arriving at a predominantly Anglo university. As their excitement grew, they sought to create structure for their ideas. They decided to form a fraternal cultural organization.

Adapting the term 'Naco' to the university fraternity system, the group officially became Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, or NAK for short. Although choosing to adopt the formalized structure of the fraternity system, NAK was — and remains — determined to distinguish itself from traditional “frats” by maintaining a commitment to the ideals of academic excellence, cultural knowledge, and true brotherhood.

The pressures of being the first Latino-based fraternity at Cal Poly were significant. Despite having many supporters on campus, there were also many detractors who anticipated NAK’s demise. With steadfast determination, the brothers of NAK persevered.

National events

National Leadership Development Conference (NLDC) - A leadership development weekend which invites the executive board of each chapter, alumni and the National Board to convene on new policies and strategies for the upcoming academic year. Over 200 brothers come together to learn from each other and take back knowledge to their chapters and communities for a successful year. Workshops, discussions and lectures are conducted by National Board, NAK alumni, Campus advisors and administrators. Each year a different chapter has the opportunity to host this event during the late Summer.

Pledgefest - An opportunity to bring together all potential brothers, known as prospective members, from each chapter for a weekend of team building, leadership development and a large community service event. The experiences and memories incorporated throughout the weekend ignite the flame of brotherhood for the next generation of NAK brothers. Each year a different chapter has the opportunity to host this event during the late Fall.

NAKFest - An annual family reunion between alumni and undergraduate brothers which brings together the past with the present. A weekend event hosted by a different chapter each year which consists of the National Elections, Sports Tournament, Awards Banquet, and National Party. A one-day double-elimination sports tournament is held with all chapters, with the winner receiving a first round bye during the NSL tournament and year of bragging rights. A Spring time event which helps close out the academic year allowing brothers to network and continue to build upon the unseen bond of brotherhood.

NAK Sports League (NSL) - A year-long brotherhood event giving chapters the opportunity to network and convene in a friendly sports competition. A different chapter serves as hosts of the first round games between two chapters outside of their region. The Semi-Finals and Championship Game are concluded at NAKFest.

NAK Alumni Softball Tournament - An annual softball tournament among the NAK Alumni Associations. This weekend tournament typically involves the local alumni associations around NAK.

National philanthropy

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), created in 1986, is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its mission is to extend and improve life through innovative stem cell therapies.

The Hispanos Dando Esperanza: Nu Alpha Kappa-Hermandad Initiative is dedicated to outreaching the Hispanic/Latino communities. This outreach to the Hispanic/Latino community demonstrates that the National Marrow Donor Program and Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. are committed to serving our cultural diversity U.S.A. This initiative promotes innovation and teamwork.

By incorporating these values, the National Head Program and Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. aspire to set a standard of excellence nationwide that rewards our recipients, donors, volunteers, and communities.

This Hispanic/Latino Stem Cell and Marrow Initiative focus efforts throughout California, Colorado and Nevada with 992 National Marrow Donor Program donor centers and 10 recruitment groups, including Nu Alpha Kappa Chapters.


The NAK National Alumni Association was officially enacted in 2014. It will provide support for & advise all Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity Undergraduate & Alumni members in their life-long commitment to the fraternity’s core ideals of Education, Culture & Brotherhood. The NAA will be committed to fostering interaction and strengthening the bonds of “carnalismo” amongst all members of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity. The NAA will promote civic and professional service by all members of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity. The NAA will utilize our powerful & expansive network to support & develop our local and regional alumni associations.

The purpose of the National Alumni Association shall be to encourage and provide support to Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity. The NAA will advise, serve, inform and involve alumni of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity so as to foster interaction and brotherhood, promote civic & professional service and to create opportunities for lifelong fraternal engagement for Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity members. All members of the National Alumni Association are encouraged to carry the principles and ideals of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity into their civic and business community and to provide leadership and service to those affiliations to the best of their ability. The National Alumni Association is the governing body of and National representative for the alumni of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity including the active local & regional alumni associations and active alumni members of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity’s National Alumni Association. The NAA shall serve as chief advisor to the President of the National Fraternity.

National chapters

Nu Alpha Kappa has established chapters across universities in California, Nevada and Colorado.[1]

Chapter University City, State Founding Date
Founding California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA February 26, 1988
Alpha San Jose State University San Jose, CA February 26, 1989
Beta San Diego State University San Diego, CA February 10, 1990
Gamma Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA June 20, 1992
Delta California State University, Stanislaus Turlock, CA November 22, 1992
Epsilon California State University, Fresno Fresno, CA November 22, 1992
Zeta University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA November 22, 1992
Eta Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA September 18, 1993
Theta California State University, Chico Chico, CA September 9, 1995
Iota California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, CA July 27, 1996
Kappa University of California, Davis Davis, CA November 30, 1997
Lambda University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA December 21, 1997
Mu Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO April 10, 1999
Nu University of California, Riverside Riverside, CA November 12, 2000
Xi California State University, Monterey Bay Seaside, CA February 28, 2004
Omicron University of Nevada, Reno Reno, NV April 17, 2004
Pi California State University, Northridge Northridge, CA April 2, 2005
Rho University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA April 30, 2005
Sigma University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO April 21, 2007
Tau California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona, CA May 18, 2008
Upsilon University of Nevada, Las Vegas Paradise, NV May 23, 2009
Phi UNIVERSITY HAS CLOSED DOWN National Hispanic University San Jose, CA November 12, 2011
Chi California State University, San Marcos San Marcos, CA May 26, 2012
Psi University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA August 18, 2012
Alpha Alpha University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA December 6, 2014
Alpha Beta San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA December 14, 2014

See also


  1. ^ "National Chapters". Retrieved November 24, 2013. 

External links

  • Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity - National Website
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