Our History

[This picture was taken at NLDC 2015 at the University of Nevada, Reno. Over 150 brothers from every chapter attended the event]

Quick Facts

  • Name: Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc.
  • Founded at: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Founding Date: Friday, February 26, 1988
  • Colors: Red, White, and Bronze
  • Mascot: XiNAKo
  • Motto: Men of Mind, Men of Culture, Men of Pride

Nu Alpha Kappa (ΝΑΚ) is a Latino-based fraternity that encompasses and values all cultures.

Often referred to as “NAK”, Nu Alpha Kappa was founded on February 26, 1988 on the campus of California Polytechnic State University, with 26 established chapters across California, Colorado, and Nevada. Nu Alpha Kappa was a founding member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO). NAK is currently a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).

“Xinaco” is a Nahuatl word describing an educated, amiable individual whose personality and charisma transcends and enlightens all cultures and social classes.

Fifteen good friends at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California established the foundation of NAK as a fraternity; eleven of the friends would become the Founding Fathers.

The founders chose the Greek letters NAK to enunciate the sound of nac in “Xinaco.” This marked the beginning of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, an organization formed on a commitment to “Carnalismo” or Brotherhood, the search for knowledge, and the retention and promotion of culture.

Nu Alpha Kappa, was formally 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
  • Ramiro Ramos

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. Twenty five years later, NAK is one of the most respected organizations at each of the 26 chapters that have been established.