Our SHE-CAN Scholar:

Joyous Tarlue

SHE-CAN Scholar: Joyous Tarlue

Seeking a Non-Profit and Social Justice Internship 

For a copy of Joyous’ resume,  please email Erika Wah in Community Building (ewah@shecan.global).

Joyous Tarlue is a Sophomore at Loyola University Chicago. Since she started, she has worked on campus as a Guest Attendant for Conference Services, served as a Campus Activity Network (CAN) Representative and joined the African Students Alliance. She was also a Loyola for Chicago Volunteer as part of Sarah’s Cycle Organization and has been a volunteer tutor for the organization, Chicago Hopes for Kids.

Joyous was born and raised in Liberia, living with her uncle and aunt in Monrovia to complete her education. While in high school, Joyous served as student council president and the captain of the school’s debate team and was awarded a scholarship for her academic performance. Upon graduation she was awarded a certificate of academic excellence, an award given to students who have topped their class for over three years. 

Joyous is the founder and executive director of Initiative of Water, Sanitation, and Health (IWASH), a non-profit organization that aims to aid the national government by providing clean and safe water, proper sanitation, and a clean environment to all. She is a member of the Girls Get Equal Campaign, Liberia Chapter – a global campaign that promotes the inclusion of girls through its three pillars: Equal Power, Equal Freedom, and Equal Representation. She has also been engaged in other activities that focus on women’s involvement in society like the Girls Led Digital Research project, Girls Takeover, and Girls Alliance for Future Leadership. 

Joyous aspires to contribute to the WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) sector, working towards universal access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Through innovative solutions, community engagement, and sustainable practices, she aims to improve public health, reduce inequalities, and create a positive impact on the well-being of individuals and communities.

Highlights From Joyous’ Work Experience:

Founder and Executive Director, Initiative of Water Sanitation and Health

Guest Attendant, Loyola University Chicago

Languages Spoken: English and Koloqua


Academic Major

Social Work; Minor: Advocacy and Social Change
Class of 2026

Mentor Team

Andrea Leeb, Owner/Attorney, The Law Office of Andrea L. Leeb, APC
Nkem Okeke, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Adendox
Erin Keeley, Global Director of Engineering, Hitachi GTS
Sara Aros, Freelance Writer and Editor