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El Otro Lado

El Otro Lado (EOL) is a powerful Lasallian border immersion experience hosted by Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas. Inspired by the 46th General Chapter's call to "go beyond the borders," EOL invites participants to explore the realities of those living along the margins, particularly within the context of the El Paso border region. As the host of EOL, Cathedral High School embodies its Lasallian values by providing a nurturing environment for visiting students to engage deeply with the issues facing their community. Rooted in the teachings of Pope Francis, who urges us to be a church of the margins, Cathedral High School encourages participants to respond to the needs of their fellow brothers and sisters with compassion and empathy. Throughout the immersion experience, EOL participants delve into a range of border-related topics, including immigration, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, and the cultural complexities of the borderland. Sessions are facilitated by representatives from various organizations, including Border Patrol and local nonprofits, offering participants a holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities present in the region. Furthermore, EOL participants have the opportunity to engage with the broader context of border issues through interactions with humanitarian aid groups, immigration attorneys, and those directly affected by US immigration policies. By fostering meaningful encounters and dialogue, EOL empowers students to become catalysts for positive change within their communities. Through their participation in EOL, students emerge with a deeper understanding of social justice issues and a renewed commitment to serving those on the margins of society.
The synodal path that we have undertaken as a Church leads us to see in those
who are most vulnerable – among whom are many migrants and refugees – special
companions on our way, to be loved and cared for as brothers and sisters. Only by
walking together will we be able to go far and reach the common goal of our
- Pope Francis
Message for the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Community Speakers and Partners

Faith-Based Organizations:

  • Holy Family Migrant Shelter 
  • Diocese of El Paso Office of Justice and Peace 
  • Hope Border Institute 

Legal and Government Agencies:

  • Federal Court representatives
  • Representatives from Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Representatives from United States Border Patrol 
  • Imelda Maynard from Estrella de El Paso

Academic and Advocacy Groups

  • La Mujer Obrera
  • Border Network for Human Rights
  • New Mexico State University 
  • University of Texas at El Paso 
  • Abara 
  • La Frontera 
Proposed El Otro Lado Dates - AY 2024/2025
August 18th - 23rd, 2024
September 22nd - 27th, 2024 
October 20th - 25th, 2024
November 10th - 15th, 2024
January 19th - 24th, 2025
February 16th - 24th, 2025
March 9th - 14th, 2025
April 6th - 11th, 2025 
If you have any questions please email [email protected]