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That's a valid concern, but our advice generally is to use the best story/example that you have. Don't outsmart yourself and choose a less impressive or less clear essay topic just because you want to be more unique. Choose the story that will have the most impact and tell it well, and you'll be fine!
just4fun - what did you end up writing about? i know its an optional essay and I really can't seem to find any 'experience' as such even though there is diversity at my workplace..so i was considering to skip it
I guess in the new set of essays for Michigan this question is not there,
Still, I would say this question is important for other applications or for my/our own evaluation. I am still working on it, no solid ideas as of now but I am positive that I will come up with some good idea in coming time and as soon as I have some I will be more than happy to send a message to you.