Nu Alpha Kappa
The official emblem of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc.
FoundedFebruary 26, 1988; 34 years ago (1988-02-26)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
AffiliationNIC and NALFO (former)
MottoMen of Mind... Men of Culture... Men of Pride...
Colors  Red
SymbolXinako Man
The official symbol of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc.
Chapters28 chapters in 3 states
NicknameNAKs or Nakos or Xinakos
HeadquartersP.O. Box 1287
Roseville, CA 95678

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

Often referred to as "NAK", Nu Alpha Kappa was founded on February 26, 1988 on the campus of California Polytechnic State University, with 28 established chapters across California, Nevada, and Colorado. Nu Alpha Kappa was a charter member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), but is now a member of the North American Interfraternity Conference.


"Xinaco", a Nahuatl word used by the Olmecs, describes an educated, amiable individual whose personality and charisma transcends and enlightens all cultures and social classes. The "Xinakos" (CHI-Na-Kos) meeting resulted in the creation of a new fraternity. The foundations of the fraternity were started by fifteen good friends at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California, of which eleven would become founding fathers of the fraternity. This marked the beginning of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, an organization based on the belief of a commitment to "Carnalismo" or brotherhood, the search for knowledge and the retention and pride of culture.

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.

Adapting the term 'Nako' to the university fraternity system, the group officially became Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, or NAK for short.

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.

National Intake Summit (NIS) – 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.

The Hispanos Dando Esperanza: Nu Alpha Kappa-Hermandad Initiative is dedicated to outreaching the Hispanic/Latino 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.

National chapters

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

Chapter University City, State Founding Date Active
Founding California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA February 26, 1988 Yes
Alpha San Jose State University San Jose, CA February 16, 1989 Yes
Beta San Diego State University San Diego, CA February 10, 1990 Yes
Gamma Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA June 20, 1992 Yes
Delta California State University, Stanislaus Turlock, CA November 22, 1992 Yes
Epsilon California State University, Fresno Fresno, CA November 22, 1992 Yes
Zeta University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA November 22, 1992 No
Eta Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA September 18, 1993 Yes
Theta California State University, Chico Chico, CA September 5, 1995 Yes
Iota California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, CA July 26, 1996 No
Kappa University of California, Davis Davis, CA November 30, 1997 Yes
Lambda University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA December 21, 1997 Yes
Mu Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO April 10, 1999 Yes
Nu University of California, Riverside Riverside, CA November 12, 2000 Yes
Xi California State University, Monterey Bay Seaside, CA February 28, 2004 Yes
Omicron University of Nevada, Reno Reno, NV March 17, 2004 Yes
Pi California State University, Northridge Northridge, CA April 2, 2005 Yes
Rho University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles April 30, 2005 Yes
Sigma University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO April 21, 2007 Yes
Tau California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona, CA May 18, 2008 No
Upsilon University of Nevada, Las Vegas Paradise, NV May 23, 2009 Yes
Phi (University Closed) National Hispanic University San Jose, CA November 12, 2011 No
Chi California State University, San Marcos San Marcos, CA May 26, 2012 Yes
Psi University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA August 17, 2012 Yes
Alpha Alpha University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA December 6, 2014 No
Alpha Beta San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA December 14, 2014 Yes
Alpha Gamma Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO May 6, 2017 Yes
Alpha Delta University of San Diego San Diego, CA October 20, 2018 Yes

See also


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