Fulbright Ireland-USA are awarding eight Dubliners the Fulbright Awards this year which sees all of them go to the USA next in 2022. Grace Oladipo is a Bachelor of Civil Law European Graduate from University College Dublin. Born in Nigeria, Grace grew up in Ireland living in Lucan and takes pride in being African and Irish. While at UCD, Grace was the Co-Founder of the UCD Gospel Choir and the Founder of The Inner Room. Grace studied at the University of Sheffield as part of an ERASMUS programme, and was the ENACTUS Sheffield International Innovation Project Leader. She is the recipient of the UCD President’s Award, Arthur Cox Contribution to University Life Award, and the 2019 winner of the Unilever UK Individual Purpose Competition. Passionate about social entrepreneurship, Grace is the Co-Founder of The Student Collective, a mentoring initiative which brings university students and Leaving Certificate students together.
Her research interests include human rights, criminology, penology, and recidivism. During her undergraduate dissertation, Grace completed a comparative study on female imprisonment in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Finland and proposed changes to the current prison regime. As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, Grace will research the factors that influence overrepresentation of minority groups in prison populations, measures that facilitate the reintegration of ex-prisoners into society and the role of social entrepreneurship on the realisation of human rights. As a Graduate Student Affiliate of the Klau Center for Civil & Human Rights, Grace will join a collaborative community of scholars and students who advocate for the realisation of human rights, and provide leadership on critical issues of justice.