The dynasty began with a
meeting that took place on February 26, 1988. Fifteen good friends, the
so-called "Nacos," which is a Spanish slang word for someone who gets
along well with everyone, would mark the beginning of a better academic,
cultural, and social environment at California Polytechnic State
University, San Luis Obispo.
The "Nacos" got together to express their ideas and to
demonstrate that they were part of Cal Poly, SLO. They were enthusiastic
about starting a club to help Latino students overcome the culture shock
experienced when arriving at a predominantly Anglo University. As time
passed, each member's excitement grew and in his quest to create structure
to their ideas, they decided to form a fraternal cultural brotherhood.
Although NAK chose to integrate into a Greek system they also decided to
make a commitment to retain their Latino culture.
The "Nacos" knew that this process would take a lot of time
and effort. Eleven members decided to go forward and incorporate the word
"Naco" into the Greek fraternity system. The "Nacos" would be known and
identified as "NU ALPHA KAPPA," or "NAK"
for short. While NAK
chose to adopt a Greek fraternity structure, their primary focus would be
academic excellence, brotherhood and unity through a commitment to
maintain their Latino culture.
The pressures of being the first Latino Based Fraternity in
the history of Cal Poly, SLO solidified the commitment to develop
a leading organization. Our eleven Founding Fathers concluded that NAK's
mission statement would be as follows:
"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."
-Joel Romero, SLO Founding Father 1988
The Zeta Chapter of
Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. was formed at the University of California
Santa Barbara in 1992 by twelve men who recognized the need for
additional academic and social support for Spanish speaking backgrounds.
The establishment of this chapter was based on the philosophy that
students should have the opportunity to work together and increased
their academic skills to actively participate in projects that
enhance the quality of life within their community. Our organization
is designed to incorporate the different values and perspectives of our
members into several specific goals. With shared commitment to our
goals we are able to form a brotherhood that places individual differences
aside in order to focus on achieving our mission.