From our very modest beginning, to our present status as a model for enlightened brotherhood, we are proud to live according to the mission statement adopted by our Founding Fathers.
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.
We were formed from a meeting that took place on February 26, 1988 at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Fifteen good friends gathered, of which eleven would eventually become our Founding Fathers. These friends called themselves Nacos — a sometimes derisive term, but at its heart referring to those who give unselfishly and are friendly to all.
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.
Their hard work has paid off. More than 25 years later, NAK is one of the most respected organizations at Cal Poly — and at each of the 26 other chapters throughout California, Nevada and Colorado that have since joined the NAK familia.