This Latino-based fraternity was founded on the campus of California Polytechnic State University in the year 1988. It has chapters across California, Nevada and Colorado. Nu Alpha Kappa is also known as NAK.
It was a founding member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO). It is currently a member of the North American Interfraternity Conference.
The fraternity was formed on a commitment to “carnalismo”, or brotherhood, to retain and promote culture and search for knowledge. Though the foundation of the Nu Alpha Kappa fraternity was established by fifteen friends, eleven of the friends became founding fathers.
The Greek letters NAK were chosen by founders to pronounce the sound of nac in “Xinaco”. The Nahuatl word “Xinaco” describes an educated and amiable individual whose charisma and personality transcends and enlightens all cultures and social classes.
The official colors of Nu Alpha Kappa are red, white and bronze. Its mascot is XiNAKo. The motto of the fraternity is “Men of Mind, Men of Culture, Men of Pride”.
Nu Alpha Kappa’s primary goals are academic excellence, brotherhood, and cultural awareness, and it continuously strives to make the fraternal experience a positive and safe one.
Nu Alpha Kappa’s National Alumni Association was enacted in 2014 and supports and advises the Nu Alpha Kappa fraternity. The Omega Chapter of Nu Alpha Kappa has been dedicated to remembering their fallen brothers that have passed away.
NAKfest is the annual family reunion of the brotherhood. At this fest, the alumni and undergraduates reconnect with old friends. It is the signature event of the fraternity.
National Leadership Development Conference started in 1998. Its mission is to empower the leadership with the skills to run their chapter effectively. It provides the NAK leaders with a platform to discuss the issues, share a vision of leadership, and plan for the next academic year. It is an annual event that fosters chapter development, inter-chapter networking, enhances its leaders’ leadership abilities, and unifies the chapters under the current agenda.
The Pledgefest started in 1995. It allows Little Brothers to meet the undergraduate and alumni brothers from different chapters and lets the existing brotherhood share their experiences as Little Brothers. Team-building activities and training sessions are organized during Pledgefest to help Little Brothers develop leadership and organizational skills.
Requirements To Join
The prospective members must meet the following requirements in order to become a member of Nu Alpha Kappa:
- The prospective member should be enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university.
- The prospective member should possess a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- The prospective members shall exhibit leadership and commitment to the principles of brotherhood, personal and academic excellence, community service and cultural awareness.
Any person who meets the above requirements may apply for membership. However, Nu Alpha Kappa’s diverse membership is predominantly Latino, and it encompasses and values all cultures.
How To Join
Any person willing to join can attend the Chapter Intake Process events and rush event. They can also participate in National Intake Summit. The National Intake Summit gives the potential members or prospective members from each chapter an opportunity to meet and interact with Nu Alpha Kappa’s undergraduate and alumni brothers from other chapters and the National Board members.
The National Intake Summit is hosted by a different chapter every year. Interested persons can join the brotherhood by filling the NAK Interest form available on the chapter website or can attend the recruitment events.
How Much It Costs To Join
The active membership dues are $200 per year. The National Insurance Fee is $200 per academic year. The chapter dues are $75 per quarter.
Kindly contact the chapter office at your campus to get detailed information on membership fees and dues.