In the summer of 1993, four of the five founding fathers met in a program called Summer Bridge. The Summer Bridge program is designed to help ease the transition from high school to college for under represented students. The four future founding fathers were Saul Molina, Mike Sanchez, Alberto Alvarado, and Abel Gutierrez. Once the program was done and school had started, Saul, Mike, Alberto, and Abel maintained their friendship through their first year by relaxing on the weekends together. When the four started their second year, the people from Summer Bridge 1994 were starting their first year. Jose Ramirez, the last of the founding fathers was part of this new class. Through a mutual friend, Brian Maytorena, they all started to hang out together, partaking in similar extra curricular activities. Soon they were all good friends.Abel had a friend from back home that attended San Diego State, where Nu Alpha Kappa was well established. His friend, Julio Reyes, introduced Abel to the latino-based fraternity environment. Abel liked the idea and knew that a Latino based fraternity was sorely needed on the UC San Diego campus due to its lack of minority representation and solidarity. Abel fostered the idea of a Latino fraternity at UCSD but never saw any support.Towards the middle of his fourth year Abel decided to go ahead with the plan of starting a Latino based fraternity here at UCSD. Throughout his time at school, he had met and developed strong bonds with various friends and decided to ask them if they would consider the idea of starting a Latino based fraternity. Eight men came forward and began the tedious process of becoming an organized group.One of the prerequisites before starting a Nu Alpha Kappa chapter was forming a new organization on campus. The eight friends decided to call their new organization C.O.M.P.A.S, an acronym for Community Outreach Mentorship Partners in Assistance and Service. The name represented their goals as well as their friendship, stemming from the word COMPAÑEROS, meaning tight bonds between friends, men or women. C.O.M.P.A.S., evidently, was a needed organization on campus. With their non-political stance and open membership policy, C.O.M.P.A.S. quickly grew, once boasting a membership of 40 people. Through clothes drive, mentoring and tutoring, and blood drives, they quickly let everyone know that they were here to help out the under represented communities around UC San Diego.
After proving to Nu Alpha Kappa that they were able to organize and manage a well run organization, and presenting to them their accomplishments, they were allowed to start pledging. On the 12th day of April, 1997, five of the eight founders of C.O.M.P.A.S. began a mission of establishing the Lambda Chapter of Nu Alpha Kappa here at UCSD. On the 21st of December, eight months and nine days afterwards, what they sought out to do was done.
Nu Alpha Kappa is a commitment to Education, our Community and Brotherhood.
Education is one of primary goals to ensure that all brothers will successfully finish their career in the University. Nu Alpha Kappa offers support to all brothers making sure that we get the best of education that our University has to offer. The experience older brothers serve as a guide and assure that the younger brothers will know the way the University works.
Community service is another major goal in our philanthropy. Helping our community is a way of giving back some of the support that Nu Alpha Kappa gives to our brothers. Through our community services we maintain contact with our roots and hope that our brothers will continue to serve our communities after they have graduated from the University.
Brotherhood is a special bond that is form in our pursuit of higher education and our philanthropy. Brothers helping each other, making sure that we have the best experiences in our college years. Nu Alpha Kappa brothers form a bond that last for life and each brother can make sure that he will always have the support of all NAK's until the end of time.
Nu Alpha Kappa brother's are… Men of Mind, Men of Culture, Men of Pride.