RENO, NEV. – The brothers of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. (NAK) at the University of Nevada, Reno will host an internal conference this Saturday, May 2 at the Joe Crowley Student Union on sexual harassment and alcohol abuse prevention & awareness, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Numerous NAK alumni are leading the organization of this event and emphasize the importance of self-development and personal responsibility.
“As young men, we understand that many issues relating to alcohol abuse and sexual harassment start with us – and we want to be proactive in openly discussing them amongst each other and educating ourselves via public officials in the community,” said Juan López, president of the local NAK Alumni Association. “It’s our duty to educate ourselves on our roles as men within these issues and actively work to become better people.”
This workshop is part of a national movement to educate all NAK brothers in these issues. Each NAK region along the west coast will host a workshop similar to this in the coming weeks, to reach all 26 existing NAK chapters.
Jo Harvey, program specialist for student conduct at UNR, will be a guest presenter at this conference.
Jo’s primary role is to develop and implement drug and alcohol prevention programs on campus. In addition, she has taught an “Overview of Addiction” course for the past several years for the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies.
“It’s tremendous that these young men are taking the steps to proactively educate themselves on these issues and realize that a lot of the times, situations like these come down to the simple decisions they make,” said Harvey, who was also a speaker at a TEDx event at UNR in January 2015.
“These issues are incredibly important and we owe it to society, to women, to our communities and to ourselves to take personal responsibility & be proactive in addressing them,” said Ricardo Salazar, member of the local NAK Alumni Association and Program Coordinator at the Center For Student Cultural Diversity.
If you wish to speak with anyone involved in the conference or take photos of the event, please contact NAK Alumni Association President Juan López at Juan.V.Lopez@nakinc.org.
The Omicron Chapter of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity at the University of Nevada, Reno was established April 17, 2004 under the pillars of academics, culture and brotherhood. As of 2015, there are 65 members at the Omicron Chapter, with more than 35 brothers having received their bachelor’s degree from UNR. The Omicron Chapter regularly participates in community service ranging from park cleanups to volunteering at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to speaking with elementary-to-high-school-age students in the community.